Hosted Walkthrough of Oliveira Paintings at Stanford's Windhover Center (10/20)

  • 20 Oct 2018
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 370 Santa Teresa St., Stanford, CA 94305
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Join DAASV for a very special opportunity to view the Nathan Oliveira paintings in Stanford's Windhover Center with the artist's son Joe Oliveira. Joe gives a very engaging talk about his father's work, the Windhover collection, and the history behind getting the contemplation center built, appropriate to those who are already art aficionados and those who aren't, and people of all ages.

Nathan Oliveira loved the natural lands of the university. For years, he worked in an airy studio that boasted extraordinary vistas, north to San Francisco and south to San Jose. In the afternoons, he would set out on long walks in the foothills, where he would encounter magnificent birds of prey that make their home at the campus’s edge: hawks, eagles, owls, and kestrels. Oliveira began to include these birds in his canvases. In 1972, a student’s gift of a stuffed kestrel became a model for a series of drawings and paintings. His renowned Windhover series is named after “The Windhover,” a poem written in 1877 by Gerard Manley Hopkins. The five paintings were inspired by kestrels swooping above the Stanford foothills. Oliveira felt the calming power of these works and believed they should hang together in a place set aside for contemplation. “The Windhover” series is now displayed throughout Windhover for visitors to enjoy. 

Nathan Oliveira was a leading member of the Bay Area figurative movement and a professor of art at Stanford University for more than 30 years. His work is in the collections of many museums, among them the Art Institute of Chicago, the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Besides the Windhover, Nathan is well represented at both the Cantor Center for the Arts as well as the newly opened Anderson Collection at Stanford. 

Windhover is a spiritual refuge on the Stanford University campus meant to both inspire and promote personal renewal. Named for the series of paintings by Nathan Oliveira that grace its walls, Windhover provides an environment for quiet reflection throughout the day for Stanford students, faculty, and staff. By offering easy access to a venue explicitly devoted to relieving stress and invigorating the spirit, without explicit religious reference, the university hopes that its community members will become happier and more productive.

Part of Dartmouth's Hood Museum expansion includes acquisition of several pieces by Nathan Oliveira. Joe will also share some thoughts about the Hood expansion, in the context of this acquisition. 

Parking at Stanford is easy and free on weekends. For more information, here's a link to the Windhover web page <http://windhover.stanford.edu/>. 

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